NHS cuts putting patient safety at risk, TUC warns

Funding cuts and staff shortages ‘preventing hospitals from implementing Mid Staffordshire recommendations’

Improvements in patient safety made after the Mid Staffs scandal are being undone amid NHS-wide financial problems and chronic staff shortages, the TUC has warned in a report.

The report claimed that moves to make care in England safer, such as by placing greater numbers of nurses on wards, are under threat as services struggle to reconcile the need to provide high-quality care with growing financial pressures.

The report cites long waits for treatment, the greater rationing of care and patients trapped in hospitals despite being fit to leave. Temporary ward closures are also highlighted as a risk.

“The government’s relentless drive to find savings at a time of rising demand is unsustainable. Each month we are seeing patient safety put at risk by staff shortages, longer waiting times and cuts to services”, said Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s general secretary.

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North Central London STP: Plan to save local NHS finances ‘not yet found’, health chief admits

The man overseeing a radical plan to ward off a funding crisis in north London’s health services has said a solution has “not yet been found”. David Stout, director of the "North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan" (STP), today told Islington councillors – along with others from Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield – that he did not know how to ward off an impending £876 million health budget deficit.

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STPs risk 'starving services of resources' says BMA

by Keith Cooper www.BMA.org.uk  (https://www.bma.org.uk/news/2016/november/discovery-of-cut-plans-adds-pressure-to-fix-stps)

 

Ministers have been urged to sort out the ‘mess’ of the NHS STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) after BMA analysis found they must slash £22bn from health and social care costs in five years.

The savings figures were found in papers from 42 of the 44 areas across England.

Officials in each area have been asked by NHS England to predict the financial holes STPs face in their budgets in 2021 and set out how they can close them.

A separate survey by the BMA reveals that most doctors (64 per cent) had not been consulted on STPs, despite many plans requiring significant changes to services to balance their books.

BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter said he had serious concerns about the ‘impossible’ scale of savings demanded by STPs by an ‘unrealistic Government’ which had promised no further funding.

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Hounslow Council :Unanimous support for services to stay at Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals

Paul Williams  Fri, Nov 25, 2016 - Chiswick Herald
 
At the Borough Council meeting held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Hounslow Council passed a motion tabled by the Labour administration to reaffirm the Council’s support for acute services including A&E to remain at both Ealing Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital.

The motion, seconded by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, was fully supported by the Tory group and refers to a statement recently released by five west London borough councils (Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Harrow and Brent) acknowledging the serious concerns raised by Ealing Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Council with regard to the threat of closure of their A&Es.


Reacting after the meeting, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, said: “I am delighted that the Tory opposition group fully supported our motion and it will send out a clear message of solidarity with our neighbouring boroughs.

It is essential that both local government and the NHS work together collaboratively, especially at a time of financial cuts imposed by the Tory government, to ensure that we provide the best possible service for our residents, particularly those groups more at risk, such as the elderly.”
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